Eleven of the 26 candidates who were to be appointed to the post of a clerk in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) have refused the offer. The candidates refused the job offer to protest the fixed pay policy of the state government for the position which provided them with a fixed salary lower than what they earned presently.
The AMC had begun the recruitment for the 26 posts of senior clerk a year ago. The selected candidates were offered a fixed pay of Rs19,950 per month for three years. But eleven of the selected candidates have refused the job offer despite being selected.
The candidates rejected the job as they were working as a junior clerk at present and were earning higher pay than what was being offered by the AMC to a senior clerk.
The AMC had through the recruitment process hoped to attract experienced candidates but it begets the question of why did it offer the fixed pay lure to those who were already earning higher than what it offered.
The recruitment process for several other positions in the AMC was marred by controversies and delays and a year later the positions are yet to be filled.
The AMC is at present being run by administrators as the civic polls that were scheduled to be held in December got postponed due to the COVID pandemic. In the meantime the term of the elected officials has come to an end.
The AMC’s present elected officials term came to an end on December 14 while the corporators have already been in power for five years. In 2015, the corporators were elected on December 2 and by that calculation, their five-year term has come to an end.
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